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How Green is Your View? Benefits of Exterior Living Walls

Bringing nature into our cities is a vital component for a sustainable future. Our connection to the natural world is often overlooked in this increasingly urban world. Green infrastructure such as green walls, green roofs and pocket parks, can be targeted to bring plants to the very places where we need them and where they can add value. Outdoor Living Walls, in particular, reach into the heart of our cities where space is literally and financially at a premium.

Green infrastructure occurs in the liminal space where architecture meets landscape architecture, structures integrate with the natural world and buildings adjoin nature.

No other cladding material can provide the following combined benefits:

  • Remove air pollutants

  • Reduce urban temperatures

  • Thermal benefits to buildings

  • Improve biodiversity

  • Attenuate Rain water

  • Reduce noise

  • Increase productivity & creativity

  • Improve sense of well-being

  • Health benefits

Greener Streets = Better Air

According to a wide ranging 2016 study the World Health Organisation cites poor air quality as being a link to more than 5.5 million premature deaths annually.

In densely populated areas of high rise these pollutants can become trapped in urban street canyons. The potential for Green Infrastructure to mitigate these pollutants has been explored in academic studies.

Plants helpfully capture toxins, gases and particulate matter by engaging a number of natural processes. The scientific term for this is biogenic regulation. The three main processes that control particulate deposition are sedimentation, impaction and Brownian motion. These are really useful processes that help to clean the air we breathe.

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